Wesley 'Wes' Guidera

Mar 27, 1990 - Aug 14, 2012


Wesley “Wes” Michael Guidera, age 22, of El Dorado Hills, California passed away August 14, 2012 in Sacramento.

Born March 27, 1990, in Sacramento to Jeffery Wayne and Patricia Ann Guidera, he attended Pershing elementary school in Orangevale before moving to Citrus Heights. He attended Churchill Middle School and graduated from Mira Loma High School through the International Baccalaureate Certificate program in 2008. Wes was a student at UC San Diego where he was a senior in Neuroscience and named to the Provost’s Honors List for 2010/2011.

Wes was an ardent basketball fan, and closely followed the Sacramento Kings. He was an avid reader and researcher. He loved Pokémon, Batman, and was known to wear a Power ranger shirt even though he was over 6 feet tall. He enjoyed many late night video game sessions with his friends. He had an extensive music collection, and though he regretted never really learning to play, he had a really cool guitar. He enjoyed baking pies from his own recipes. His section of the family garden consisted of jalapeno, Thai chili, habanero and ghost chilies to complement his adventuresome taste in cuisine. This summer Wesley began practicing Yoga with his father and enjoyed hiking and kayaking in the Sierras with his mother and stepfather Dan Phelps.

Wes volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Susan G. Komen, and several feline rescue groups. True to his spirit as a cat lover and gentle soul, Wesley brought home several kitties from feline rescue.

Wesley Michael Guidera is survived by his parents: Patricia Guidera and Stepfather Daniel Phelps of El Dorado Hills, CA, Jeffery Guidera and Stepmother Anne Boschert of Sacramento; sister Jennifer Phelps of Los Angeles, brother Christopher Phelps of Santa Cruz; grandparents Wayne and Shirley Guidera of Sacramento; and namesakes Wesley James Beyer and Michael Alan Guidera.

Wesley was preceded in death by of his furry friends Fat Cat and Midnight Skater.

“All who met him were impressed by his humor and gentle soul.”

A memorial service will be held Friday August 24, 6:00pm at Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento, CA 95841, followed by a private reception for family and friends. A graveside service for family will be held at the time of internment.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local suicide prevention or mental health patient rights support groups.

We want to thank Wesley’s many friends for their support.


  • Liora Kian-Gutierrez says:

    Pleaseaccept my sincerest condolences to the entire family. It think of Wes often and would like to send my heartfelt support to all of you. Liora Kian-Gutierrez, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of California, San Diego

  • Larry Gratton says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family for your tragic loss.

  • Ellen Wood says:

    Sending thoughts of love and support during this very difficult time!!

  • Rene' Baxter says:

    Shirley and Wayne: I share your sorrow for your grandson Wesley. I know how much Uncle Walter loved and spoke of him too. You are all in my heart and prayers. Love You

  • Rene' Baxter says:

    Cousin Jeff: I share deep sorrow for your the loss of your son. It is unimaginable to me to know what grief you go through right now. Know that my heart and love are with your entire family, as they are my family too.

  • Maria Theodorakis says:

    Dear Jeff and Ann, There are no right words at a time like this. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you. Maria

  • Isabelle Schmidt says:

    Dear Shirley & Wayne, So sorry to hear about your loving grandson. Peace and love.

  • Sharon Beyer says:

    Dearest Jeff, our world has lost a shining star and a loving wonderful man. Our family is suffering with yours for this profound loss. May peace be with you always with memories of him forever etched in your heart.

  • Tammy Martin says:

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. My thoughts have frequently turned to you and your family this week.

  • Barb Miller says:

    So sorry for your loss

  • Sylvia says:

    No words to express what I feel for you. I love you! That’s all I can say right now. I love you!

  • Steven and Robin Lasell says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with the entire family and friends. Patsy our love is especially with you our distant (in time only) friend. Peace to all!

  • Larry Osborn says:

    Pat and family We were in shock when we heard the news. It is never easy when a child passes before the parents. I only wish we would have been able to know him better. What little time we spent with him we enjoyed. It just isn’t easy for me to keep up when we live so far apart. We will be thinking of Wesley, you and family.

  • Donna Turner says:

    Patricia – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Lori Taylor says:

    Patricia, I’m so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kitty Petzoldt says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son, and grandson. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike Leitch says:

    Dan and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Khanh Nguyen says:

    Anne, please accept mydeepest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that i won’t be able to make to the services this Friday.

  • Cindy Wells says:

    Jeff, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Wesley Beyer says:

    Jeff, I am so sorry you have to suffer such a profound loss. Any other words could not express my condolences.

  • ARVIND says:

    Jeff, deepest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and Prayers.

  • Sean Wieland says:

    Jeff, I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sean

  • Karen Tankersley says:

    Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that loving memories of Wesley help you through this difficult time and in the days to come. With my deepest sympathy…Karen

  • Debbie Saylor says:

    Jeff and Ann, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Deepest condolences, Deb…

  • al dietz says:

    Jeff, I truly do not have the words to truly express how I feel but please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times and please pass these feelings to your family.

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  • Andy Connelly says:

    Dear Jeff and Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there. I’m wishing you and all family and friends peaceful memories of Wesley in the days to come. With love, Andy

  • Gini & Karl Grossenbacher says:

    Dear Jeff and Anne, We are so sorry for your loss. We heard through Shirley and Wayne what a wonderful boy your Wesley was. You are in our hearts, and he is now in the light and at peace. Gini & Karl Grossenbacher

  • Tom Chambliss says:

    Jeff, I just received the news from Al. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What can I do for you? Anything you need, sincerely let me know.

  • Miguel & Jill Escobar says:

    Our sincerest condolences at Wesley’s passing. We’re left so speechless, especially with children the same age. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in your time of need. You are in our thoughts and prayers … Miguel and Jill

  • Tammi Blair says:

    Patricia, words cannot express the loss you have experienced. Sending out my deepest sympathy to you and your family. He will always live on in the hearts of the family and friends whose lives he touched.

  • Jennifer Nelson says:

    Dearest Patricia, There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. I send you all my loving thoughts to you and your family in this devastating time.

  • Carmichael & Dayle Thompson says:

    Dear Friends Jeff and Anne, We remember Wesley and remembered him as such a great young man. He will truly be missed by many and we will pray and be here if you need us. Much love to you both.

  • Sue Greiner says:

    I am praying for you that the memories you have of your son will comfort you in this time of loss. The tide recedes But leaves behind Bright shells on the seashore The sun goes down But gentle warmth Still lingers on the land The music stops and yet It lingers on in sweet refrains – For every joy that passes Something beautiful remains

  • Mary Finn says:

    Dearest Patricia, my heart is heavy with the loss of your gentle and beautiful boy. I will hold you and your family in my thoughts for a very long time. I pray for you to feel comforted and loved through this most challenging of times. “Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure, And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven.” –Eric Clapton

  • Patti Lewis says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers your way.

  • Don Phelps says:

    It is obvious that he had so much to offer and didn’t hesitate to give. I’m so saddened by your loss and do not have words to tell you how much I feel for you. I can tell he was and still is loved very much. May God bless you all and watch over you.

  • Kate Fear says:

    I am so sorry for your loss..

  • Rosemary Hollatz says:

    Dan and Patsy, I’m sorry for your loss. This is awful, too much of a shock for words. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you face this tragedy in your lives. Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Jim

  • Pat Lendt says:

    patricia, i am so very sorry for the loss of your son. i wish there were retakes.

  • Gail Carpenter says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you Patricia and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Shawna says:

    Love and peace from Colorado.

  • Jill McLauchlin says:

    Patricia, you are close to my heart and in my prayers at this moment and will be for some time. I pray for the rest of your family as well and I pray that Wes is settled and at peace from whatever was “chasing” him. I love you girl, and wish I could be there for you! Hugs my dear dear friend!

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